Child Well-Being

Grant-making Process & Criteria

The Child Well-being Program awards grants by directly inviting organizations to submit proposals that are then reviewed by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) staff and approved by the DDCF Board of Trustees. Although unsolicited proposals are rarely considered, inquiries about future support for projects that fall within the Child Well-being Program’s grant-making strategies can be submitted through a letter of inquiry.

Criteria for Support

In addition to the program’s prevention and early intervention goals and strategies, the program uses the following criteria to guide its grant-making decisions:

  • Innovative Approaches to Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
    The foundation is particularly interested in new methods and models that involve larger community-based efforts to improve overall conditions for families with young children, particularly those at high risk for abuse and neglect.
  • Youngest Children (ages 0 to 6)
    Organizations supported by the foundation must reach families with children from birth to six years old, a group that constitutes the majority of child abuse and neglect cases and suffers the greatest consequences of maltreatment.
  • Potentially Replicable
    To harness the promise of evidence-based programs that reduce rates of child abuse and neglect, the foundation prioritizes support for initiatives that have the potential to be replicated throughout the country and present compelling data and evidence of measurable improvements in child and/or family outcomes.

Areas Not Funded

At this time, the foundation does not directly support treatment programs or trauma services for victims; projects focused solely on childhood sexual abuse; prevention of bullying in schools; self-protection or conflict resolution programs for children; or programs related to protecting children from internet predators. The foundation does not support individual requests for legal help or counseling to resolve individual family problems.